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The Gregg Allman Band: Just Before The Bullets (Fly CBS)

Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 6 May 1989

SO BROTHER Duane was perhaps the leading exponent of slide guitar, his virtuoso expertise gracing the grooves of Clapton's finest hour and a half, Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, until he met his maker in a tragic bike smash in 1973. Poor Gregg had similarly horrific fate as he ambled up the aisle with Sonny Bono's ex-missus Cher. But, trooper that he is, Gregg has kept the Allman Brothers flame burning. Bullets Fly joins earlier Allman works, like Win, Lose Or Draw from 1975, and proves that, if you try hard enough, you can create replicas of mid-Seventies Johnny Winter albums whenever the fancy takes you.

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